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Fifa Invites Iheanacho, Alampasu To Ballon D?or In Zurich

However, away goals will be taken into consideration if the score remains same after two matches. The match will depend heavily on the performances of its star players. Both the stars have the quality in them to snatch victory from each others grasp and proceed to the world cup. A look at the group stages: Portugal started the group stages on a winning note, going 1-0 down to Luxembourg pretty early in the match, but coming back strongly to win and finish at 1-2. The Portuguese side must be high on confidence, after winning the last group stage match against Luxembourg. However, their 1-0 defeat to Russia and draws against Northern Ireland & Israel would still be fresh in their minds. Portugal finished the group stages with 21 points, one point behind the first placed Russian team. Sweden & Portugal finished 2nd in their respective groups And on the other hand, Sweden has also been quite similar to their counterparts, by winning 6 games, losing twice and drawing twice and ending the group stages with 20 points. The match against Germany was a closely contested one, which ended in a 4-4 draw in the first leg, thanks to a stupendous comeback from being 4-0 down to ending with a Rasmus Elm strike in the back of the net during injury time. The reverse fixture was also a closely contested high scoring game where Sweden lost 3-5. Key Players: Portugal- Cristiano Ronaldo For Portugal, it has to be Cristiano Ronaldo.

Union urges FIFA president Sepp Blatter to help unpaid soccer player trapped in Qatar

"We remember the victims of this catastrophe and their families, and we hope all of them will have the strength and the courage necessary to recover and carry out the rescue operations. We are at your full disposition if you need special assistance for the soccer community," Blatter said in the missive. Blatter's letter was sent just days after Haiyan ravaged the central region of the Asian archipelago, FIFA said. The official death toll from Super Typhoon Haiyan stands at more than 1,700, but unofficial estimates and reports from storm-ravaged areas say thousands of people died. The United Nations estimates that more than 10,000 people were killed by Haiyan, which hit the Philippines last Friday, packing maximum sustained winds of over 240 kph (150 mph). EFE

FIFA chief offers aid to Philippine soccer federation

FIFA noted that the duo who emerged on top of the honours rack at the just concluded FIFA U-17 World Cup in the UAE have been chosen to be part of the select crowd that would witness the gala for winning the Adidas Golden Ball Award and Golden Gloves Award on the wings of Nigerias record fourth World Cup trophy. On behalf of FIFA, I would like to congratulate you once again on winning the Adidas Golden Ball Award (Iheanacho); Golden Gloves (Alampasu) at this years FIFAs U-17 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates for the best player of the tournament, wrote Sandra Marfurt, Head of Special Events and Guest Management. We would like to end this successful year with you and your companion as our guests of honour at the annual FIFA Ballon dOr gala at the Zurich Kongresshaus on Monday, 13 January 2014. I considered this as blessing from God and a privilege to be invited by FIFA to witness the presentation of the awards to the best players, said Iheanacho in a statement made available to P.M.NEWS Sports by the Media Officer of the Eaglets, Morakinyo Abodunrin. Filed under FIFA , Football , International , Sports . You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 . You can skip to the end and leave a response. Pinging is currently not allowed. Leave a Reply

Zahir Belounis, who plays for Qatari side Al-Jaish, has been denied the chance to leave the country because he is suing the club to recover his salary. FIFPro, the international union for soccer players, says Al-Jaish stopped paying Belounis after it exceeded its quota of foreign players. The case has highlighted the "kafala" employment system in Qatar, which stops workers from leaving without written permission from employers. Qatar will host the 2022 World Cup. FIFPro says secretary general Theo van Seggelen wrote asking for Blatter's "urgent intervention" with Qatari officials on behalf of Belounis.

FIFA extends Italian match-fixing sanctions

The FIGC handed out suspensions ranging from two months to four years during the summer after conducting further investigations into match fixing relating to Serie B games in the 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons and Serie A contests in the 2010-11 campaign. Torino's Belgium international goalkeeper Jean-Francois Gillet was among those to receive one of the longest bans, with the 34-year-old banned for three years and seven months for offenses relating to two matches involving former club Bari in 2008 and 2009. A match official was also handed a four-year ban, and the sanctions will now be implemented on a worldwide scale. A statement from football's governing body read: "FIFA can today confirm the worldwide extension of sanctions imposed on 26 players and one official relating to match-manipulation investigations conducted by the Italian Football Federation (FIGC). "The extension of these sanctions follows new proceedings conducted this year by the FIGC called "Bari bis" and "Cremona quater", which concern previous investigations into match manipulation. "After being informed by the FIGC of the various decisions rendered by the associations judicial bodies in both proceedings, and after a careful analysis of the files and documents provided on request by FIFA, the chairman of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee decided to extend the sanctions imposed on 26 players and one official to have worldwide effect in accordance with art. 136 ff of the FIFA Disciplinary Code (FDC)." Soccer

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